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Election preview: county board

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Jenny Sharp | March 19, 2014

ELKHORN -- Three incumbent Walworth County supervisors are being challenged for their board seats this spring while new board members will be elected for two other districts.

The election is April 1.

In District 2, longtime board member Joe Schaefer faces a challenge from Ben Bourdo.

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In District 5, incumbent Carl Redenius is challenged by Charlene Staples.

In District 10, incumbent Kenneth Monroe is challenged by former board member Rosemary Badame.

In District 6, Paul Fisher and former board member Kathy Ingersoll are vying for the board seat left vacant after the death of former Supervisor Tim Schiefelbein late last year.

In District 4, Paul Yvarra is the only candidate running to replace longtime Supervisor

Jerry Grant, who isn't running for re-election.

In the other six districts, incumbents are running unopposed.

Walworth County Sunday asked the candidates to submit some information about themselves and their experience:

District 2

Ben Bourdo
Age: 41
Address: W4109 Wisconsin Highway 20, town of Troy
Job: plastics injection molding service engineer, farmer
Education: graduate of East Troy High School, attended technical colleges and two-year college
Community service: current member and past president of East Troy Lions Club
Publicly elected positions: town of Troy supervisor since 2007
Major campaign issue: As a supervisor, I will focus on efficiency of county operations. Taxes always are an issue. I will propose ideas to lessen the tax burden by eliminating waste and ensuring all possible credits are being received. I would propose requesting tax credit for nontaxable lands such as acreage held by nature conservancy. Such lands should be credited similar to Department of Natural Resources lands. I will be available and not hesitate to implement new policies that will benefit the people of Walworth County.

Joe Schaefer (I)
Age: 70
Address: 6070 N. Railroad St., Lyons
Job: owner of Ye Olde Hotel Bar & Restaurant
Education: graduate of St. Mary's High School, Burlington
Community service: member of Lyons American Legion Post 327 and Burlington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2823 (Vietnam War veteran)
Publicly elected positions: served on Walworth County Board since 1974
Major campaign issue: Walworth County is a great place to live. We have ag, tourism, industry. I have been on the board for 40 years and I try to be loyal to all board members and Walworth County. Shrinking the size of the board was a good idea a few years ago. I look and hope to be re-elected to the board at this next election.

District 5

Carl Redenius (I)
Age: 45
Address: W8411 Turtle Lake Road, town of Richmond
Job: self-employed grain farmer
Education: graduate of Whitewater High School, graduate of Blackhawk Technical College (auto body/repair)
Community service: Town of Richmond Plan Commission (2009 to 2013)
Publicly elected positions: served on Walworth County Board since 2010
Major campaign issue: The erosion of respect shown to and unequal treatment of taxpayers. The blatant lack of openness/transparency and favoritism shown to certain board members, individuals and special interest groups. Improved fiscal responsibility: We must separate wants from needs. We can't afford the present spending pace. Demand greater accountability from the administrator and some department heads regarding supervision and job performance.

Charlene Staples
Age: 57
Address: W7898 Creek Road, town of Darien
Job: certified nursing assistant
Education: graduate of Elkhorn Area High School, graduate of Gateway Technical College (emergency medical technician, nursing assistant)
Community service: vice president of Mary Chesebro Lee Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, volunteer guide for Old World Wisconsin and the Walworth County Historical Society, past member of the Darien and Delavan rescue squads, former vice regent of the Samuel Phoenix Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, living historian
Publicly elected positions: none
Major campaign issue: Improve communication between county board representative and district residents. Promote job growth in the county. Make sure taxes are used in a fair and responsible manner to benefit county residents. Improve oversight of county departments.


District 6

Paul L. Fisher
Age: 49
Address: 408 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn
Job: information technology systems administrator at Lavelle Industries Inc.
Education: graduate of Wheaton Central High School, Wheaton, Ill.
Community service: volunteer at Community Church of Elkhorn, World Gospel Outreach and Wisconsin Carry Inc.
Publicly elected positions: none
Major campaign issue: Reduce size of government, reduce taxes and reduce regulations.

Kathy Ingersoll
Age: 69
Address: 303 Randall Place, Elkhorn
Job: retired nurse
Education: graduate of Elkhorn Area High School, nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Community service: Elkhorn Food Pantry
Publicly elected positions: Walworth County Board (2006 through 2012)
Major campaign issue: To represent District 6 and do the best I can to listen to my constituency and bring their requests to the board. If re-elected, I pledge to work hard alongside of board members and department heads who strive to make the best choices in the running of Walworth County government with integrity and concern for the citizens.

District 10

Rosemary Badame
Age: 68
Address: N1166 Tombeau Road, Genoa City
Job: co-owner of Karly Window Cleaning Service; developer and manager of family real estate investments
Education: bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1990
Community service: hospice volunteer, school reading volunteer, Village of Bloomfield Planning and Zoning Commission, Walworth County Land Conservation Committee, Benedict/Tombeau Lake District
Publicly elected positions: Bloomfield Town Board (1987), Walworth County Board (1990 to 1994), chairwoman, Benedict/Tombeau Lake District (2012 to present)
Major campaign issue: Work toward expanded transportation options for our seniors; balanced budget with no tax increase; broader understanding of county services to District 10 through town hall meetings; promote intergovernmental cooperation for protection and use of our natural resources. I support our Walworth County SWOT (strategic planning/analysis) process.

Kenneth H. Monroe (I)
Age: 74
Address: W1500 Sunset Drive, Pell Lake
Job: auto repair shop
Education: Milwaukee Tech High School
Community service: parks and lake cleanup, kids day out, Fourth of July
Publicly elected positions: former town of Bloomfield supervisor and town chairman; currently village of Bloomfield president and District 10 supervisor on the Walworth County Board
Major campaign issue: The big issue coming up with the county is should the county take over food inspections from the state? Otherwise the issues are the same with all government -- holding down the spending.



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